Re: I must be missing something...
I'd love to know where in the good ol' US of A you live.
A large part of the issue with privacy in the UK is the sheer population density. That's something you don't have in the US outside of the major cities.
As it happens, Orwell is my favo(u)rite autho(u)r. By a long shot. Not just for 1984, I've read everything he's ever knowingly written.
You seem to think we feel that it's acceptable to be spied upon as long as we're not caught anywhere on camera. But then you go on to suggest that online surveillance is acceptable and/or that we don't understand it.
You just described residents of the USA.
Your message is mixed and there's no point to your barbed comment, unless I'm missing something integral to your argument?